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thing? >> go home and see my wife. >> korean war veteran merrill newman is finally a free man once again. there you saw him in china. he's looking forward to a long awaited reunion after more than a month in captive. they finally released the 85-year-old. his plane just landed. north korea held him for alleged hostile acts during the korean war. north korea released a video of him confessing to war crimes. hello, everybody. i'm in washington with a breaking news this hour. live at los angeles with the very latest upon his return and where we hope he will be speaking to reporters about his experience. dominick. >> yeah, absolutely. 42-day deal finally all over. let's show you the scene at san francisco airport at the international terminal there. the plane has literally just landed. apparently taxiing to the gate. eight minutes sooner than planned. he will come out of arrival toll at some point. he's got to go through immigration and get his bags. it could be a few minutes before we see him. just before he took off from beijing, we saw him in good condition. he was smiling. and he looked
. >> that is u.s. war veteran merrill newman, happily back on american soil after being released finally by north korea. the brave 85-year-old tourist was detained by the communist country for more than six grueling weeks for his alleged crimes during the korean war 60 years ago. now merrill newman is home for the holidays. we're live in los angeles with more. >> reporter: home in time for the holidays, greg. his family had hoped to be in time for thanksgiving but after we saw that video of him confessing to these crimes the koreans accused him after a week ago there was an indication that perhaps they would see him before christmas. that's certainly the result we saw today. scenes of joy in san francisco airport where he landed. he didn't give too much detail of how the koreans treated him. he justt the food had been healthy, no other details forthcoming. perhaps we'll get them later. this is how he described the diplomatic effort that was undertaken to get him released. take a listen, greg. >> i'm delighted to be home. i want to thank the swedish embassy and the american embassy in beijing for
is free. >> a huge sigh of relief for merrill newman's family. >> i'm delighted to be home. it's been a great, great homecoming. >> his flight landing on american soil just hours ago after a sudden about-face from north korea's government. we'll have the very latest on his return. >>. >> also, a deadly winter storm is barrelling across the country and showing no signs of letting up. heavy snow, ice, leaving thousands of people without electricity. cancelling hundreds of flights and sinking a wide section of the nation into a deep freeze. a live report from our fox weather center. >>> and remembering pearl harbor. 72 years after the day of infamy. the tributes to the thousands of troops who died in a surprise attack that came just after dawn and pulled the united states into world war ii. >>> home in time for the holidays. an american war veteran detained in north korea for more than a month will get to sleep in his own bed tonight. merrill newman was reunited with his family at san francisco international airport earlier today. he's 85 years old and was holding his woof's hand as he a
news. merrill newman, the 85-year-old palo alto man who was detained in north korea for six weeks, is right now on a plane headed to sfo. he will land in a couple of hours. we're live at sfo where a welcome home crowd continues to grow. >> reporter: that scheduled ?riet supposed to land at 8:58. we expect family to alive closer to that time. it's sure to be a warm welcome for the korean war veteran who has been away from his wife, family and friends for more than a month now. we have video of merrill newman in china last night on his way home. the ordeal started when merrill newman visited north korea in october. just as he was about to board a flight for china, he was detained on october 26 and charged with hostile acts against the state. the associated press says merrill newman served in a it top secret military unit that trained south koreans to sneak into north korea during the war. during his time in custody in north korea, they released a video of the veteran apologizing for his actions. the north korean government does have a history of coercesing statements from detainees.
, merrilman was met by american officials in budget airport early saturday. merrill newman is expected to arrive at san francisco around noon eastern time and al jazeera's correspondent has more. >> merrill newman is headed home. the 85-year-old was held captive for a month in north korea. >> i'm glad to be on my way home. i appreciate the tolerance the dprk has given for me to fe on my own. >> a veteran of the korean war. he was pulled from his flight back from to the united states. he admitted to his wrongdoing and apologised. his age and medical condition played a part. >> merrill newman's spoke to his son briefly. >> he's in excellent spirits and eager to be reunited with his family. >> he was accused of hostile acts. last week television stations put out a video of him apologising. >> vice president joe biden and south korea honoured veterans of the korean war welcomed him home and covered him a lift. >> the dprk released someone they should never have had the first place. i offered him a ride home, but there's a direct flight to san francisco. i don't blame them, i would be on th
. >>> new developments tonight, merrill newman is finally back home after arriving at sportstime ohio, sfo san francisco international airport. tired, but upbeat, newman is back after being released by the north korean government. the 85-year-old war veteran turned prisoner stepped off a jet in san francisco to end a 43-day long ordeal. ktvu's debora villalon is live in santa cruz with what newman had to say about his experience. >> reporter: it's all quiet after what you would expect after an exhausting day, merrill newman finely getting a night's sleep in his own bed. this picture shared by their son showed lee and merrill newman relaxing over a meal. they were reunited in morning at sfo where newman arrived nonstop from beijing. friends and onlookers aflawed as he strolled through the airport, his comments brief. >> good morning, i'm delighted to be home. >> reporter: the 85-year-old veteran thanked the swedish embassy for helping with his release. >> it's been a great homecoming and i'm tired, but happy to be with my family. >> reporter: the refire retired executive was held without
.s. veteran is home in america, reunite with his family. in a moment we'll hear from merrill newman about his tourist trip that ended in detention. >> it will be cold. temperatures across the nation will stay below average. right now it's minus 14. it feels like we are minus 45 degrees. we have bone-chilling conditions across the northern area of the country. going down to the northern plains, temperatures subzero. we are at 1 degree in minneapolis. not much of a warm up is expected. there's advisories particularly for the wind chills through the dakotas. with the cold air we are expecting to see snow before day's end. >> meanwhile, a veteran held by north korea for weeks has returned to his family in california. north korea detained 85-year-old merrill newman, while he was visiting places where he fought in the corey an war. >> when merrill newman made the trip to north korea, he would not know how difficult it would turn out. after weeks in detention, he's back in the u.s., looking healthy, wife by his side, with a simple message. >> good home coming. i'm tired, but i'm here with my family
. this is video of 85-year-old merrill newman arriving back home in san francisco just a short time ago. he was released yesterday after being detained in north korea for more than a month. shortly before boarding a flight to the u.s., newman spoke with reporters about what he was most looking forward to upon returning home that he wanted to see his wife. now, live with more details. >> his wife, lee, was there, together with his son jeff, they were there to greet him at san francisco airport. he made a brief statement to the press, did merrill newman. he described it as a great homecoming. he thanked the u.s. embassy in beijing and the swedes in pyongyang, who acted on behalf of the americans in dealing for the release of him with the north koreans. he looked strained and he said he was very tired but he appeared to be in good health. he was very quickly swept away by his family, probably returning to their palo alto home here in california. it's a 46-day ordeal for him. and it obviously -- a great relief that it's come to an end. just one week ago, we saw him appear on video apologizing t
, this top story. after more than six grueling weeks, u.s. war veteran merrill newman is back on american soil after being released by north korea. the brave 85-year-old tourist detained by the communist country for his alleged crimes during the cokorean war 60 year ago. >> glad you're with us. welcome to america's news headquarters. merrill newman's flight touching down a short time ago. you can listen to the release in his voice. >> it's been a great homecoming and i'm tired but it was my family now -- and thank you all for the support we got. very much appreciate it. >> we have been covering this story. >> behind merrill newman there, you could see his wife lee and also his son jeff who had been appealing for his release. merrill himself looked in pretty good shape. he said he was tired but considering he's 85 years old and the ordeal he's been now, he looked like he's doing pretty well. one of the first things he wanted to say was really to thank the diplomatic effort that got him released. take a listen. >> i'm delighted to be home. i want to thank the swedish embassy in pyongyang an
one month has been deported back to the united states. merrill newman is expected to arrive in, what, a couple of hours, mike. >> reporter: yes. i just confirmed with airport officials that he is expected to arrive around 9:00 on a united airlines flight coming from beijing. his son will be here to greet his father as he finally arrives back in states. he is 85 and from palo alto and has been held by the south korea an government since late october. before he was scheduled to leave, korean authorities detained him and held him for weeks. he is a korean war veteran and televised an apology for his part in the war. he briefly spoke to reporters on his way home at the beijing airport. >> i'm very glad to be on my way home. i appreciate the -- so i can be on my way. >> how do you feel now? >> i feel good. i feel good. >> what do you want to do first thing. >> go home and see my wife. >> reporter: now, in a statement, north korea an officials say taking into consideration his admittance of the act committed by him, an apology made by him, the above said institution deported him from the c
85-year-old u.s. war veteran merrill newman is set to arrive any moment. newman was pull fred a plane in october for alleged possible act during the korean war. we'll have the latest on his homecoming at the top of the hour. >>> cold weather in the wake of deadly winter storm still causing major winter problems in the midwest, trying to clear ice off the roadways. what's worse is a second storm is now moving in from the west. that could spell big trouble for the east coast tomorrow. >>> on tuesday, secretary of state don cherry is preparing questions for members of congress over the new iran bill. more on these and the rest of your top stories. coming up at the top of the hour, less than ten minutes away. stay with us. >>> 11-year-old madison root from oregon giving a lesson about makers versus takers this holiday season. let's let her explain what happened. >> i was selling my mistletoe downtown next to skid more fountain for my braces. then a park patrol officer approached us and he said that we could not sell mistletoe within 250 feet of the park. we asked him about the people next
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. 85-year-old war veteran merrill newman is back in california after being detachbd for more than a month in north korea. north korean officials say he was being held on charges of hostile acts against the regime stemming from his service in the korean war. he was finally reunited with his family in san francisco on saturday after the north koreans deported him. >> it's been a great homecoming, and i'm tired but ready to be with my family. >> a spokane medical examiner is set to perform an autopsy monday to determine what caused the death of a teenager on a delta air lines flight on saturday. the flight from seattle to atlanta was forced to make an emergency landing in spokane shortly after takeoff. investigators says it appeared the 16-year-old died of natural causes. the teen was the son of a soldier based in washington. he and his family were flying to atlanta for the holidays. >>> thousands are expected to turn out today for a tribute to "fast and furious" star paul walker. a memorial rally and car cruise is scheduled this afternoon in valencia, california in honor of the late
, 85-year-old merrill newman resting at his home in california after spending more than a month in captivity in north korea. he's also sharing new details about his ordeal, including the menu. hello, i'm wolf blitzer reporting today from washington. it doesn't seem to matter where you are in the united states today. we all have one thing in common. pretty much miserable weather. if you're headed to the airport, pag your patience. more than a thousand flights already have been canceled today. on the roads, it's no better. this was the scene in yonkers, outside new york city. police say 30 people were injured in a 24-plus car pile-up on the bronx river parkway late last night. one reminder, falling ice posing a huge threat. a sheet of melting ice fell to the ground in plano, texas, damaging at least eight parked cars. thankfully no people were on street at the time. cnn is covering all these developing weather stories for you. our meteorologist chad meyers will be joining us in a moment with the forecast. let's go to cnn's row sal flores first. she's watching the comings and going
. >>> and 85-year-old vet says he was comfortable. merrill newman was held for more than a month when asked about a video released showing him an awkwardly worded apology for killing north koreans during the war he told "the sentinel post" that is not my english. >>> a storm is wreaking havoc and paralyzed roads causing a deadly pileup on the pennsylvania turnpike sunday. more than 1,000 flights are cancelled nationwide today. >>> a week long good-bye to former south african president nelson mandela begins today. president obama and others will be among the tens of thousands for the memorial service on tuesday. mandela died thursday at the age of 95. >>> and protesters in ukraine toppled a statue of soviet state founder vladimir lenin and attacked it with a hammer rejecting the historic influence over ukraine. thousands were demonstrating against the government abandoning a pact with the european union and moving closer to russia. one online video helped to ensure that cat lovers got eight hours of uninterrupted fun. christmas cat tv was live for 48 hours and allowed viewers to interact wit
captive, forced to making a confession tape. that is what happened to merrill newman. kenneth bay has been held for more than a year now. ambassador thanks for being with us. this is outrageous that this american man was taken off the plane and forced to make this so-called confession. does this surprise you? >> well, it's bizarre. it's the new regime. this is how they are operating. it's bizarre if that this man was legitimately traveling in north korea with his visas. they pulled him off the plane. it is bizarre also because he is a war veteran. in the past, in 2007, the north koreans handed over to me the remains of seven of our soldiers from the korean war. they like the north koreans the interaction between the two militaries. it's bizarre also because it seems like nobody's in charge. had they wanted to take him hostage they should have done it without taking him off the plane. what is bizarre too is there are two americans there. this has never happened behave. kenneth bay, who also has been there a year, longer than anybody else. in the past the north koreans have used them as barg
in north korea since october, is now on his way home. >> right now, merrill newman is on a flight to san francisco. seth dome reports from beijing. >> reporter: freedom after 43 days. merrill newman arrived at beijing's airport today after a flight from north korea. >> i'm very glad to be on my way home and i appreciate the tolerance that dprk government has given to me to be on my way. >> first thing, what would you like to do? >> go home and see my wife. >> reporter: at the newman family home in pasadena california his son said the family briefly spoke with him while he was in beijing. >> he's in excellent spirits and eager to be reunited with his family. >> reporter: newman, a u.s. special forces soldier during the korean war more than 60 years ago, had returned to north korea as a tourist in october. he sought closure, according to family members. when he was about to deport on october 26th, he was pulled off of a plane and detained. then, in november, newman appeared reading an apparently forced apology where he acknowledged alleged crimes against the north
, merrill newman was detained in north korea for reasons unknown. and now in a bizarre taped con infection, he apologized for his actions including killing troops andismians during the korean war. but there's still no word whether he will be set free. some like bill richardson thinks the se sheem is using him as a bargaining chip. >> they want something. i believe they want a high level delegati delegation. in the past they got jimmy carter and president clinton. i used to be the second string and i got a couple out. but in this case, there has to be some kind of an end game. the fact that they have two. the fact that one of them is a war veteran. >> cnn's pentagon correspondent live at the pentagon, barbara starr. my dad was a war veteran. that must have been very painful for him to do? >> swee decision diplomats have been able to visit him and bring in medication for his heart that we are told he needs. but still, of course, carol, his family wants him home. north koreanian state media released video of '85-year-old merrill newman reading a handwritten policy. >> in u.s. and western coun
.s. military veteran held captive in north koresince late october. 85-year-old merrill newman arriving at san francisco airport earlier today. by the way, that was after turning down a ride on air force 2 with vice president biden. speaking to reporters about being back on american soil. >> it's been a great, great homecoming. tired but ready to stay with my family now and thank you all for the support we got and very much appreciate it. >> we are following the story in los angeles. i have to say, he looks pretty good considering what he's gone through. >> absolutely. this is a 32-day ordeal. that's quite a lot for an 85-year-old guy to go through. he wouldn't say exactly how the north koreans had treated him. the only comment he gave us was the food was healthy. no other details. he was very much aware there had been heavy diplomatic efforts to get him released. something he acknowledged when he spoke to the press earlier. listen to this. >> i want to thank the swedish embassy in pyongyang and the american embassy in beijing for all their help. >> he'd been accused by the north koreans of cr
a peaceful nuclear energy program in iran. 85-year-old merrill newman is back on u.s. soil and with family after being detained. north korean authorities seized newman off a departing plane more than a month ago. joining me now, congressman michael mccall, chairman of the house homeland security and congressman adam schiff, a member of the house select intelligence committee. thanks for coming in on a snowy day. not always easy in washington. i want to start with merrill newman because i know his son is in your district and you had been back and forth with him. why did north korea seize him and why did they let him go? >> it's a very good question, and i'm not sure we'll ever know completely the answer. it may be as the north koreans have said that as a personal peek, they found out about his war record and pulled him off the plane. it may have something to do with iran, with the fact that north korea is not the focus of attention right now, that they often will grab people to gain attention, to get a world leader to come and rescue them from north korea. it may have something to do with t
of merrill newman asked me. i think the state department is handling this well. i think the north koreans are holding us to the bargaining chips. i think the best thing to do is see what the north koreans do. at the same time, i think new channels need to be opened. i would get korean war veteran's groups to be active and get him out. kenneth bay, also the squewedes maybe a special envoy. the relationship right now is not strong and not good. the chinese may try to help us. but i don't count on it right now with the issues in the high seas. >> maybe you will get an invitation you were successful in bringing 7 remains back in 2007 of war veterans. i have to go but thank you so much for your time today. >> what is happening right now. youth summit at the white house right now. the white house wants them to get the word out to other young americans about how to enroll. the administration pushing to get others to sign up. we'll have more on this youth summit later in the show. the recordings of several 911 calls made from inside the sandy hook elementary school have just now been release drel
-year-old merrill newman was deported to china before boarding a plane to the u.s. he was detained in north korea back in october for what the country called hostile acts that he allegedly committed during the core rather war. he later confessed to those crimes on video. no word yet on if that apology was coerced. and as that vet makes his way home, we remember our fallen heroes on the 77nd anniversary of the attack on pearl harbor. thousands of our veterans are expected to head to hawaii today for a commemoration ceremony. the surprise attack from japan threw america into world war ii and changed history. i'm jamie colby. more headlines 30 minutes away. ♪ don't need a lot of money money money ♪ ♪ we just want to make it ♪ with affordable health care >> catchy, huh? that's the winner of the administration's obama care video contest. forget about the price tag. well, try telling that to a majority of young folks who think they're going to be socked with a hefty price tag because of the law. maybe that's why only 22% of uninsured mill len yells plan to sign up for it. gary b.
-old american veteran merrill newman. newman arrived at san francisco international airport about two hours ago to applause. he was holding his wife's hand. the north korean government released newman late last night. they'd been holding him in the country since october. as you might imagine, newman says he is thrilled to be home. >> it's been a great homecoming. and i'm tired but ready to be with my family now. thank you all for the support we got and very much appreciate it. >> noelle walker is at san francisco international airport. what more do we know about the circumstances that led to merrill newman's release? >> reporter: we know very few things. we know that north korea released him because of his age. he's 85 years old. and because of his health. early into him being held, his family was able to get some medication to him. medication that he needed. so we know that he has a health condition, that his family was concerned about. they certainly have to be very relieved to see him back here today, craig. >> what did he say his first order of business was going to be? >> reporter: somethi
mandela. former presidents bush, clinton, and carter will also attend. >>> merrill newman, the elderly korean war veteran held for several weeks in north korea, said he was treated well during his detainment. newman said on sunday he was kept in a hotel room, not a prison cell. he arrived back in california on saturday. when asked if he planned any more trips abroad, newman said his wife is now in charge of his passport. >>> and musicians billy joel, herbie hancock, carlos santana, opera star martina arroyo and actress shirley maclaine were honored at the kennedy center for their contributions to american culture. a rock band paid tribute to santana. ♪ >> the kennedy center honors are the nation's highest award for influencing american culture through the art. president obama saluted the honorees. >>> coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning," a special broadcast from the smithsonian american art museum and national portrait gallery in washington. i'm anne-marie green. this is the "cbs morning news." ♪ ♪ can you barbeque a turkey? ♪ [ ding! ] losing your chex mix to
-old korean war vet detained since october a. video released over the weekend shows merrill newman reading an apology for crimes against the state. let's bring in cnn's barbara starr. she's at the pentagon watching this situation what do you know? >> reporter: good morning, chris. swedish diplomats have been able to visit newman, but his family, of course, wants him home. >> i can understand that in u.s. and western countries there is misleading information and propaganda about pprk. >> reporter: north korean state media released this video over the weekend of detained american tourist 85-year-old merrill newman reading a handwritten apomg. pyongyang says newman admits he is guilty of big crimes when he not for the u.s. in the korean war working with anti-down intoist gorillas planning now 60 years later to try to meet up with them. it shows newman signing the four-page statement, dating it, seemth it with his thumbprint in red enk. what happens to him next isn't clear after being held since late october taken off a plane just as hess tour group was leaving. the white house is now weighing
detained in north korea. the latest video of 85 year-old to merrill newman shows to making this so-called apology. his friends and family say that the apology was clearly scripted. >> this is a baffling. this is a new regimen of new leaders. i suspect that he is sending different signals but nobody knows what those signals are. >> another photograph has been released of a new man. it shows come and join his tended toward north korea. he is still being treated well and he has received medications that were sent by his family. >> coming up on the kron4 morning new spread tablets on the dinner table. coming up we will let you know what apple bees near you plans to do. >> will also have to cyber monday results. >> welcome back. the laptops, tablets and other mobile devices were working overtime for cyber monday. considered to be the super bowl of online shopping. analysts say overall sales were up 17 point 5 percent compared to last year. smartphones and tablets drove nearly one third of traffic on cyber monday. marking a shift in shopping preferences. some of the most popular items in
, fred. >>> merrill newman, 85-year-old american captured and locked up by north korean authorities earlier this fall is now home on u.s. soil. accused of alleged crimes during his time fighting in the korean war, north korea detained newman for six weeks. the u.s. war vet was mysteriously released, however, overnight. north korea state media say it's because of this video where newman appeared to apologize for his alleged crimes. jo joining me now, cnn correspondent dan simon just outside newman's condominium complex. he was asked a number of questions when going through customs. he had a statement but he refused to answer questions. now where is he? >> well, first of all, he appears to be in good health and in good spirits. he has not made his way here to this retirement complex. apparently there is some alternative plans that were in place. the bottom line is he is home, he is safe, and this is what he had to say just a couple hours ago. apparently we do not have that sound for you. but mr. newman was somebody who was in the -- fought in the korean war. he served in an intelligen
veteran held captive by north korea for more than a month. merrill newman is back home with his family and he's speaking out about his time in captivity. let's bring in our pentagon correspondent bash ra farr. i understand a new statement has been released from mr. newman? >> absolutely. this statement from the elderly war veteran tells of his captors trying to intimidate him, but him finding ways around that. merrill newman is finally back home in california after more than a month in north korean captivity. >> what's the first thing you'll do? >> probably take my shoes off. i'm tired, but ready to be with my family now. >> reporter: in a remarkable news statement, newman himself explains why he think the the north koreans detained him, saying, quote, i've given considerable thought to this and have come to the conclusion that i just didn't understand that, for the north korean regime, the korean war isn't over, and that even innocent remarks about the war can cause big problems if you are a foreigner. newman says he requested for visit an area where korean partisans and anticommunist
administration and north korea to release a korean war vet detained more than a month. 85-year-old merrill newman was seen in a video apologizing for crimes against the state. newman taken off a plane in october as he was getting ready to leave pyongyang with a tour group. officials are deeply concerned about him. later today they will have an interview with kenneth bay, another person in north korea right now. they will have an interview with his sister. that is coming up later on "new day." >>> that is . >> i request see some people flying from the left side, people from the back. it's just crazy. >> moment of impact, new details on a new york commuter train that derailed. four killed, dozens injured. the big question, why? mechanical failure or conductor error? >>> terror on the rise the stunning admission from two intelligence leaders telling cnn the threat of terrorism has increased. where is the greatest threat coming from now? >>> drone delivery. amazon ceo reveals drones dropping off packages door-to-door. is this a new way of shopping? >> your "new day" gainst right now. >> this is "new
and merrill newman, it seems nothing is happening and they are not sending signals as to what gets them out. the administration is playing it right, asking for the release, trying to marshall international support and maybe get the chinese involved to help get korean war veteran associations in the united states, very effective, to use their contacts. again, this is a very tragic story for the 85-year-old man with a heart condition, korean war veteran detained and right now we know very little of what's going to happen next. >> it's a terrible situation. thank you very much bill richardson. it has been four years since government contractor allen gross was imprisoned in cuba. gross's wife judy called on the president to get personally involved in securing her husband's release. >> i stand in front of the white house today to make sure that everyone, including president obama, hears alan's voice. alan went to cuba on behalf of our government and it is up to our government to secure his release. please, mr. president, don't leave alan to die in cuba. >> and in a letter to the president alan g
for six weeks. merrill newman is now back safe at home. >> reporter: putting on military fatigues in a run-down office in seoul, former members talk about the korean war. now in their 80s, these men were part of an anti-communist guerrilla group that carried out undercover operations in north korea. they say the released american citizen was one of their leaders. >> translator: newman used to send down orders to us, indicating which island continue to fill trait and occupy. then we used to work on combined operations. >> reporter: looking at photos of newman, the veterans reminisce about their wartime operations. this man worked with newman during the war and said the group is still hated in the north. we accomplished a lot during the war. north korea released a video last weekend newman reading a handwritten apology for killing civilians during the korean war, an apology that may well have been coerced. a clearly relieved looking newman traveled through beijing on his way home saturday, mentioning nothing of his past. >> i'm very glad to be on my way home. i appreciate the tolerance that
in the bcs championship game. the loss ended ohio state's 24-game win streak. >>> and a smiling merrill newman is back home against. the 85-year-old korean war veteran was freed by north korea after being detained there for more than a month. the north koreans accused him of committing hostile acts during the korean war. he was released after he made a public apology. >>> a memorial later today to honor actor paul walker at the site where the star of the "fast & furious" movie died last weekend. one of the cars at the walker drove in the films will be at the memorial. filming on the seventh installment of that series has been put on hold now. >>> and a charity race in the south pole with britain's prince harry is being scaled back due to harsh weather conditions. imagine that in the south pole. organizers say they're suspending the competitive part of that trip. the trek itself will go on. prince harry is on a team that includes injured soldiers that set off last week on the 200-mile journey. the prince hopes to finish the final 07 miles within a week. >>> a lovable moment on center cou
korea is back home. merrill newman arrived yesterday. he was detained 6 weeks at the end of a visit to north korea. in the early 1950s he advised south korean gorillas. during recent attention he was forced to read apology on camera. yesterday he apeyered relieved to be back home in the u.s. >> a good homecoming. i am tired but i am ready to be with my family now. thank you all for the support we got. it is very much appreciated. >> newman thanks swedish embassy in north korea and u.s. embassy in china for helping secure his release. >>> happening in southern california, thousands are expected to pay final respects to actor paul walker. police are preparing for the public memorial. they estimate a crowd of up to 5000 people at the crash site. in an effort to ease traffic congestion police will issue a traffic alert on the street where the fast and furious star was killed. >>> it's time for a closer look from strikes to service disruption, bart has been having trouble all year. >> wednesday, 700 passengers spent an hour on a train stuck in a tunnel. brake dust and smoke filled some o
is back home, and said he spent most of his time in a hotel room. merrill newman was taken into custody a month ago. he tells the santa cruz sentinel, he was well fed and kept comfortable. when asked about his televised apology, newman said that's not my english. he added his wife controls his passport. >>> happening today, the senate will debate whether to extend a law regulating plastic firearms before it expires tomorrow. the law mandates every plastic gun have a piece of metal attached to it so metal detectors and x-rays can spot a weapon. gun control advocates want an extension for another decade. they say the law has added importance because of the availability of these 3d printers. >>> cars, flowers and a whole lot of fans. and the market just opened t take a quic why this tribute to actor paul walker drew thousands of o people. >>> and the market opened 10 minutes ago. let's get a quick look at the early numbers. not too bad. we'll get an update from our financial reporter, jason brooks the baking time of year. you need special ingredients. you need the staples for homemade. you
merrill newman, the 85-year-old north korean war vet, coming home, having been held for a month, over the weekend so he is free. but there is still another american held prisoner there, kenneth bae, the christian mission snaer, has been held for more than a year now in a country that is unstable. if there is a power struggle, makes it very difficult for diplomats to work out how to get him home. >> some serious discussion regarding that man, bae, on whether the worm, dennis rodman, might be able to facilitate such a deal. >> we can only hope that dennis rodman can bring his unmatched diplomatic skills here and make a difference. somehow i doubt it. >> kind of doubt it, too, but if there's a way to get him to focus on that sort of thing, it would be wonderful to get kenneth bae home. >> if dennis rodman can do it, all power to him. >> i've been following, and many of you have, too, this matter in ukraine. there's a very important country in the middle of a strategic -- in a strategic location where the government seems to want to be on the side of russia, and the people want to be sort
. >> alexandra, thanks for that. >>. >> it will be quite a party when merrill newman's team touches down in san francisco. north korea freed the 85-year-old veteran last night after holding him for more than a month. authorities pulled him away from his organized tour group on october 26th and accused him of hostile acts. newman served in the korean war. north korean media recently aired what it called newman's apology. >> i'm very glad to be on my way home. i appreciate the tolerance that dprk government has given to me to be on my way. >> how do you feel now? >> feel good. feel good. >> what do you want to do, first thing? >> first thing, what would you like to do? >> go home and see my wife. >> i'm sure she's glad to hear that. that was not the apology. that's newman at an airport in beijing on his route back to california. also, another american, kenneth b bae, held in north korea for about 13 months. his relatives released a statement. here's part of it. they're hoping for a joyous reunion this holiday season. >>> and saying farewell to a man that many call a moral giant, a figure for the
from the family of an american war veteran detained in north korea. 85-year-old merrill newman was visiting the country and was on an airplane ready to take off when he was taken into custody. that was more than a month ago. yesterday the state department issued a statement calling for his release. it came after the north korean government put up this video showing the war vet, according to them, apologizing for his hostile acts. the family says they know he's in good health and table to take his medication. our focus now is on getting him home quickly to join his loved ones who miss him deeply. we are asking that the authorities there take into account his health and his age as an act of humanitarian compassion and allow him depart. the state department also asking for the release of another american citizen at custody in north korea right now, kenneth bay. has been held for more than a year. >>> the temporary deal essentially puts the pause button on iran's nuclear weapons development. he's now responding and reacting to a deal among the six superpowers in iran last week. he
americans being held prisoner, merrill newman and ken bae. can you talk about that? >> it's a very painstaking process, and i think rule number one is not to talk about it too much in public except to state the obvious. that they ought to be released immediately. but i am sure, i have no doubt, that the u.s. government is doing what it can to get these people released, but the more they talk about it publicly, probably the more difficult it is. i recall very well the iranian situation where we had these three hikers who were caught for no apparent reason, and what these issues often descend to is the internal politics of the country in which they're being held captive. and so the more we say publicly, the more that can be used by which ever side. so i think it's important to work quietly behind the scenes and i suspect we're doing that. and i do hope the chinese are stepping up in this regard. >> ambassador christopher hill, thank you so much. >> thank you. >>> when we come back, two weeks ago, he was receiving the highest hohigh est honor in france. today bob dylan is being sued i
the case of merrill newman, the american, 85-year-old korean war veteran. do you think from your indications, did he raise that subject? because china is our best tool to get pyongyang to release this man. >> well, i mean, i do think that korea matters a lot. we -- i haven't heard much about the gentleman and how much joe biden advocated on his behalf. regarding kim jong-un's uncle, the consequence for this with china is he was the principle bridge of communication, coordination, and promotion of investment and potentially a china-like model for economic development in north korea. and so to see him demoted and some of his colleagues possibly executed is a matter of great concern here in beijing, which has already begun to take steps in recent months to send signals to north korea it didn't like the direction it was going. china imported very serious export controls on various technology exports to north korea because of its nuclear program. and we've learned that, you know, one of the things that joe biden and xi jinping discussed is the similarity, the mix of pressure and kind
cameron and james rosen. >> so, rosen, let's run down these guys the first one is merrill newman 85 years old the north koreas have them, what did he do. >> korean war vet. been accused of war crimes, bill during his service in 1953. he has read some videotaped statement in which he apologized. not known whether that was coerced or not but it's believed that it was. >> of course. he was over in north north korea on a tour, right? >> that's right. they are accusing him of committing hostile acts by looking for spies and terrorists under the guise of being a tourist. >> he looks like james bond. all right, and the other guy is kenneth bae, 44-year-old american missionary and also being held in north korea. what did he do? >> right, he has been sentenced to 15 years in a labor camp earlier this year. he has been also convicted under the north korean system of justice such as it is for committing hostile acts to bring down its government unspecified. >> okay. in cuba, a man named allen groce, 64-year-old former sib contractor for the u.s.a. agency for international development. he was arreste
on the president's expected role in tomorrow's public memorial service. >>> and right now, 85-year-old merrill newman resting at his home in california after spending more than a month in captivity in north korea. he's also sharing new details about his ordeal, including the menu.
of north korea. it's rare that i get to do this. but 85-year-old korean veteran merrill newman was released after being detained by north korea for over a month. he's now back home in california with his family. he just released a statement. quote, i have given considerable thought to this and have come to the conclusion that i just didn't understand that for the north korean regime, the korean war isn't over and that even innocent remarks about the war can cause big problems if you're a foreigner. what do you make of all this? >> well, i think it appears that he made some comments to people and the north koreans kind of went to town on it. i don't think they had any business holding him. i don't think they had any business detaining him for so many weeks. so i'm glad they let him go. but you know, these kinds of things happen and that's why people really ought to think very carefully about going to north korea. >> and having been to the dmz there, it is very obvious that north korea is very much -- not just north korea, south korea, too, they are still in war in all but action. >> oh, man,
of merrill newman told the press that he led a guerilla group in the korean war. it was one of the army's special forces units. veterans said it was hated and feared by north korea. merrill newman was pulled from an airliner six years ago after visiting north korea as a tour iment. >> an american man imprisoned in cuba is appealing for help. he was arrested in cuba whilst trying to set up an internet for the community. the only way he'll be released is with the president's help. the white house said it's trying to secure his relief. the president has engaged other figure to use their influence with cuba to promote the release. the cuban government made clear the importance that the united states places on his welfare. >> gross's wife said he lost a lot of weight and his hopes are fading. >>> according to research, for the first time in four decades a majority of americans say the u.s. is less powerful than it was a decade ago. 70% think the u.s. is less respected by other counties than in the past. moth of those polled 68% believe the u.s. military is the strongest in the world. u.s. an
and the shared legacy with his own father. >>> let's begin this hour with merrill newman, an elderly u.s. war veteran dragged off a plane and then locked up in north korea and is now free after six weeks held without any real explanation. he was suddenly released overnight by the communist country. north korea calling it a, quote, deportation. joining me now, cnn correspondent dan simon. he's at the airport in san francisco awaiting newman's arrival, about when he is expected to arrive, and this is some journey, isn't it? >> reporter: it really is, fredricka. and it's really important we remind our viewers of the nature of the situation. this is an 85-year-old with a heart condition who had been held in north korea since october, and no one knew what was going to happen to him until he was suddenly released by the government last night. he is expected to land in about an hour from now. behind me is where he would clear -- come out through customs and greet his friends and family, unless the state department has special provisions for him, which wouldn't be terribly surprising given the situat
in north korea for more than a month will finally be home. merrill newman arrived at beijing's airport last night hour after his release. now his relatives are at san francisco airport ready to welcome him back. he smoke with nbc at beijing's airport. >> appreciate the tolerance the dprk government has given to me to be on my way. >> reporter: how do you feel now? >> i feel good. >> his release coincides with haven't biden's trip to south korea. it's unclear what role if any the u.s. played in his release. >> in just a moment, the first statement from the family of any son mandela out a short time ago. >>> also, to tax or not to tax. what a recent supreme court decision could mean for how much you pay when you shop online. rs. i need more power. give me more power! [ mainframe ] located. ge deep-sea fuel technology. a 50,000-pound, ingeniously wired machine that optimizes raw data to help safely discover and maximize resources in extreme conditions. our current situation seems rather extreme. why can't we maximize our... ready. ♪ brilliant. let's get out of here. warp speed. ♪ so i dese
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